To help you learn more about where and who your fellow members are, in PORAC Law Enforcement News we’ll profile each of the 14 chapters up and down the state. We hope that reading about every chapter’s challenges and achievements will bring us all closer together and inspire you, your association and your own chapter as you navigate the road ahead. This month, we feature the Redwood Chapter.
Want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at PORAC? We’re turning the spotlight on each of the specialized committees and trusts that are working hard to serve our members. This month, we focus on the Insurance and Benefits Trust.
When law enforcement officers put on their uniforms, they do so not knowing what they’ll encounter during their shift or whether they’ll make it back home to their loved ones at the end of it. The unpredictable nature of the job has officers putting their lives on the line each day, and for that reason, they need to ensure they have proper safeguards in place to protect not only themselves but their loved ones in case of injury, illness or death, on duty or off.
On Monday, May 4, the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) will host the 44th annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony at the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument on State Capitol grounds in Sacramento. The ceremony serves to formally enroll peace officers who have died in the line of duty the previous year, to pay tribute to the over 1,600 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice since California became a state and to honor the families left behind. Our law enforcement family continues to experience tremendous loss, and this ceremony helps honor those who laid down their lives and ensure their legacy will live on.
After a tumultuous and controversial start to the new decade, things in Washington have quieted down and taken a turn back toward the routine — if anything in President Donald Trump’s Washington can be considered routine. The impeachment trial in the Senate concluded with a whimper rather than a bang, and President Trump carried out two of the longest-standing traditions of the presidency: delivering a State of the Union address and releasing his budget recommendations. Each of these have potential ramifications for law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation.
California peace officers and all public safety personnel face many challenges that expose them to a very real risk of serious injury and death. We are all aware of the pitfalls to the workers’ compensation (workers’ comp) system. However, peace officers face even more uncertainty when entering the industrial disability retirement (IDR) process.
The concept of mentoring can trace its roots to ancient Greek mythology. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, leaves to fight in the Trojan War, leaving his son Telemachus in the care of his most trusted adviser named Mentor. It was Mentor’s job to show Telemachus the ways of being a king and to act as his formal adviser. This was a common theme in Greek society as craftsmen would often take on young males as apprentices and act as their mentors. Later, during the Middle Ages, this practice became more structured as master craftsmen (bootmakers, carpenters, etc.) formed guilds and began formal apprenticeships. On their way to becoming a master, these journeymen learned their trade(s) and eventually took over the business when the old master retired. Indeed, the root meaning of the word “masterpiece” literally translates as a custom “piece” made by the “master.”
BRIAN DICKEY Sergeant Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office While the common primary focus of law enforcement training involves the use and deployment of an extensive array of tools, off-duty issues are rarely addressed. The uniformed peace officer has not only their command presence, but also weapons and a radio for instant communications. For the most […]
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department EMT/Paramedic Stephen Miller and San Diego Police Officer Shawn Boggeman — both members of PORAC — were presented with the Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Xavier Becerra on December 17 in Sacramento.
“The brave heroes we honor today, Stephen Miller and Shawn Boggeman, knew the risks, but rushed into danger to save lives, and today, we honor their commitment and dedication to their communities and their selfless acts of courage,” said Governor Newsom. “Their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to protect their fellow Californians is an inspiration to all of us.”
Police transparency has been at the center of discussion, controversy and legislation since the introduction of SB 1286 by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in 2017. During that time, we have seen bills introduced requiring the release of investigatory files, opening disciplinary hearings to the public and releasing information from an officer’s personnel file. PORAC, along with other law enforcement groups, has worked diligently to bring our thoughts, concerns and ideas to the table to reach reasonable solutions to address these issues.
The slow-moving drama of President Donald Trump’s impeachment has continued to dominate Washington. Our articles in this space have spent the last several months discussing impeachment’s progress through the House of Representatives, and the process has now officially moved to the Senate. How did it get there, and what happens next?